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SNA Commends House Committee on Child Nutrition Reauthorization Mark Up
National Harbor, MD (July 15, 2010) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) commends members of the House Education and Labor Committee for forwarding HR 5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, to the House floor for debate. Members approved the legislation by a vote of 32 to 13 during the Committee’s mark up today.
“With little time remaining on the legislative calendar, the House Education and Labor Committee’s rapid approval of HR 5504 acknowledges the importance of reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act prior to the upcoming school year,” said new SNA President Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS, State Director of the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division.
“Healthy school meals are critical to the well-being and academic success of America’s children,” said Rice. “Too many families are struggling to feed their children during the economic downturn, while others are struggling to adopt healthy lifestyles. Congress simply cannot afford to wait until next year to provide school nutrition programs with the necessary resources to reach more children in need and offer additional servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy products in school cafeterias.”
SNA, (http://www.schoolnutrition.org) the School Nutrition Association, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Founded in 1946, the Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.
Nancy Rice Named 2010-2011 President of the School Nutrition Association
Dallas, TX (July 14, 2010) — During the closing session of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 64th Annual National Conference, over 5,000 members and participants welcomed a new president of the Association. Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS, State Director of the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division, was named the 63rd president of SNA.
Rice has held a distinguished career in the school nutrition arena for 25 years. In 2008, Rice accepted her position as State Director, School Nutrition Division at Georgia’s State Department of Education, where she oversees child nutrition programs throughout the state, serving approximately 1,188,000 lunches and 516,000 breakfasts daily.
Prior to joining the Department, Rice successfully managed three school nutrition programs, working as Nutrition Services Director for the Clayton County Board of Education (2006–2008), the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education (1996–2006), and the Pike County Board of Education (1993–1996). Nancy Rice has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgia State University (2001-2009), teaching classes in Nutrition Services and Food Service Management.
Rice has earned numerous awards throughout her career, most notably receiving the Dr. Josephine Martin Award of Excellence in 2000, the highest honor from the Georgia School Nutrition Association. Rice, a Registered Dietitian who launched her career in the field of clinical dietetics, has also received awards from the Georgia Dietetic Association.
Nancy Rice earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Institution Management and her Master of Education in Nutrition and Food Service Management from the University of Georgia.
Rice was named president at the final session of SNA’s Annual National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The Annual National Conference, July 11-July 14, 2010, featured over 5,000 school nutrition professionals and school foodservice industry members participating in more than 80 education sessions. Guest speakers included Food Network star and best-selling author Ellie Krieger.
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